Jay Antani

I’m Jay Antani and CinemaWriter.com is my movie review site, started in 2009. CinemaWriter is all film reviews all the time. This is where you go if you want my latest reviews. You’ll also find links to my reviews written for other outlets.

A bit about me: I’ve been an L.A.-based film critic and feature writer since 2002 when I began writing for the short-lived, little-known but very plucky Los Angeles Alternative newsweekly. A year or so later, I also started writing for Slant, Filmcritic, and, later, for Boxoffice Magazine, Paste Magazine and many a now-defunct repository of cinematic wisdom, including the pioneering world-cinema social media and streaming service Jaman.com, Moving Pictures Magazine and Filmcritic.com.

The majority of my film coverage has been in the areas of independent, international, classic and non-mainstream cinema because that’s where I think the most rewarding discoveries are to be made. Still, I love all kinds of movies–from classic and current Hollywood and World Cinema to documentaries and experimentals.



  1. Dear Jay,

    I just recently viewed your website and I greatly enjoyed it. I’m sure you get alot of views. With that in mind, I have a movie I would like reviewed. I work for Slappy K-nappy Productions, a small film company in Austin, Texas and we just recently produced a feature length comedy titled “Sno Cone Inc,” starring Tony Sirico (“The Sopranos”) and Morgan Fairchild (“Chuck”). It’s a movie about three stock broker trainees who hate their job and their bosses, played by Sirico and Fairchild, and attempt to start their own business by opening up a sno cone stand. We plan on releasing it onto DVD nationwide on July 4th. If you would please get back to us on how we might get you to review it, I would greatly appreciate it! Thank you!


    George Cagle

    P.S. If you wish to view the film’s website, it it http://snoconemovie.com

  2. Hi Jay,
    Love your blog!
    We just released a feature documentary that is being distributed on dvd by Indiepixfilms on the life of David Klein-the forgotten founder of Jelly Belly jelly beans…Its an amazing true story that has to be seen to be believed…It is the Social Network with candy…we were just written up in USA Today…we’d love for you to review the film…This film really is truly inspirational for anyone who has had major ups and downs in life. It is directed by Costa Botes(Forgotten Silver).
    http://content.usatoday.com/ communities/popcandy/post/ 2011/02/candyman-spills-the- beans-on-an-inventors-life/1
    Candyman the David Klein Story is directed by Costa Botes(Forgotten Silver) and exec produced by Eddie Schmidt(This film is not yet rated)

    website and trailer is at http://www.candymanfilm.com

    Bert Klein

  3. Greetings to you, I don’t have a thing to pitch, just want to tell you that I just finished “The Leaving of Things” and thought it was charming and lyrical and true. Left a review on Amazon. What’s next? Those of us who bonded with Indian teachers in the 60s-90s are always happy to learn more of our spiritual home. My own teacher (Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan) had an Indian father, Hazrat Inayat Khan, and and American mother. Your story was more than that, though…..

    1. Hi Amidha,

      Thank you so much for your wonderful note. Hearing from the book’s readers is always a pleasure and your kind words really made my day. I’m glad you connected with the book’s characters and found it to be true to your own experience. The book gave me the chance to reconnect with my own memories and shape them into a narrative, it was an exercise in that sense of taking control of your own past. Oh, you asked what’s next! I’ve got a few ideas cooking right now: A possible sequel for Vikram is on the short list! Thank you again for connecting. Oh, another way to contact me is via my other website, jayantani.com, which is more geared toward literary and writing news/topics.

      All the best,
      Jay Antani

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